Syracuse, NY – The Le Moyne College men’s football team scored a big road victory in their first conference game of the season against Adelphi University on Saturday night. The # 24 ranked dolphins scored goals in the first year Michael sparkes (Glasgow, Scotland / St. Ninians), graduate student Robert Rohrhirsch (Garching bei München, Germany / Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Garching / University of Applied Sciences Munich) and rookie redshirt Noah Sperduto (Elmira, NY / Elmira) defeat the Panthers 3-1.
In the graduate student goalkeeper of the fifth minute Josh Mahr (Fayetteville, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) was called into action for the Dolphins, making a save on a shot attempt by senior Adelphi forward Paolo Marciano to keep the game scoreless. Mahr made three saves in the first half and two more in the second half.
Sparkes broke the tie in the 19th minute with a goal, his second of the year, to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.
Mahr made another save on a Marciano shot attempt 20 minutes from the end of the first half to keep Le Moyne’s lead intact.
Junior striker Le Moyne Owen Bauer (Baldwinsville, NY / CW Baker / UNC Asheville) shot on goal in the 37th minute, but Adelphi goalkeeper Harry Beasley made the save.
Mahr managed to stop an Aidan Keenan’s shot on goal in the last minute of the first half, sending the Dolphins into the locker room with a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Seven minutes into the second half, Rohrhirsch put the ball in Adelphi’s net to take Le Moyne’s lead to 2-0.
Rohrhirsch fired another shot in the 54th minute, but this time Beasley made the save.
Mahr made his two second-half saves in the 68th minute on a shot attempt by Rodrigo Descalzo Rocca, and in the 71st minute when he stopped a shot from second defender Benji Jones.
The Panthers cut the deficit in half in the 62nd minute when their pressure on Le Moyne’s defense led to an own goal, putting the Panthers within striking distance at a 2-1 disadvantage.
Adelphi took eight shots throughout the second half but couldn’t score the tying goal. In the 85th minute, Sperduto sidelined the game with an insurance goal from Le Moyne on a Tom henna (Hamburg, Germany / Gymnasium Buckhorn) help widen their lead to 3-1.
After the win, the Dolphins moved up to 4-0-0 this season with a resumption of the conference 1-0-0. The Panthers fall to 1-3-1 and 0-1-0 in conference competition.
The Dolphins return to Ted Grant Field on Wednesday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. to host a Northeast-10 Conference clash against American International College.